Old MacDonald’s nursery rhyme paints a delightful picture of farm life for children and teaches parents a textbook way to incorporate melody into itemized deductions. Experience farm fun for all ages with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get a holiday family package at Lemos Farm in Half Moon Bay (a $40 value). Lemos Farm is only open Saturdays and Sundays through March. The package includes:
- Day passes for two adults (a $5 value each)
- Day passes for two children (a $15 value each)
- $5 credit toward a choose-and-cut Christmas tree
Lemos Farm’s three-generations-old ranch―festooned with seasonal decorations―hosts outdoor activities for parents and children. Day passes grant access to numerous excursions on the train and pony rides, as well as unlimited attendance at the petting zoo for an introductory course in farm-animal massage therapy. Youngsters can also grip the levers on the hydraulic-powered Dig Zone tractor ($2 extra) to displace dirt and build lavish sandcastle subdivisions. On the weekends, laser-tag combatants maneuver through the sun-basked field to blast one another with photons traveling at the speed of light during 20-minute matches ($10 extra).
During the holiday season, families can wander the aromatic rows of a Christmas tree farm, where douglas fir, incense cedar, and other pines await eager to juggle fragile ornaments and swat away the paws of over-curious family pets. Kids can select their favorite fir, and with provided saw and twine, parents can fell and bundle their own tree in old-fashioned holiday style.
What started as a creative way to pay a debt led to the founding of Lemos Farm. Owner Bob Lemos' grandfather was repaid with a cow, so he bought land for the cow and her new calf in 1942, and over the years, the property morphed into a dairy farm, an alien robot, back into a dairy farm, and then a space for horses. Eventually Bob and his father, Arnold, peppered the land with Christmas trees, pumpkins, pony rides, and haunted houses, beckoning families to the sprawling grounds.
Visitors escape urban drudgery and revel in the decidedly country ambience, whether aboard hayrides or visiting the petting zoo for an introductory course in farm-animal massage therapy. During the holiday season, families wander the aromatic rows of the Christmas tree farm, where Douglas fir, incense cedar, and other pines await.